SonicSpy malware has made it to the Play Store carried by thousands of apps, can use phone camera, microphone, and more

Viruses are always a nasty thing to deal with and it has been so since the age of the first household PCs. However, malicious software, which aims to allow an attacker to steal your data or hijack your device for their purposes, is downright dangerous. Especially considering how much sensitive information we keep on our computers and our phones nowadays.

We generally feel safe and secure when downloading apps from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store, since both marketplaces have strict rules and monitoring of each new product. However, every once in a while, …


Essential phone company valued at $1.2B before shipping anything

Andy Rubin deserves a lot of faith in the mobile world given his record being the creator of Android and before that, the Danger Hiptop (aka Sidekick). However, it may seem odd to some that his new company, Essential, has been valued at $1.2 billion despite having not shipped a final product yet.

Rubin announced the Essential Phone, along with a home assistant, at the end of May and at the time it was made clear that the company was not taking preorders for the device, but rather just “reservations”. As of a few weeks ago, Rubin sent out an update claiming the first devices would …

The Essential Phone will be showcased at a “First Look” event on August 25

We only know that the Essential Phone actually exists, but no one can buy one yet. Even though Andy Rubin promised its smartphone will be launched on the market one or two weeks after being officially unveiled, it looks like the Essential Phone has a two months delay.

A couple of days ago, Essential’s officials confirmed their smartphone is already in full mass-production and that they plan to announce when it will go on sale next week.

We now have information that suggests Essential will be hosting a “First Look” event where people will be able to see and try the Essential Phone …

Microsoft patent application shows metallic Surface Phone body doubling as the antenna

Since the beginning of the year, we have seen a few Microsoft patent applications that were said to feature the mythical Surface Phone. The latest such patent application was published on Thursday, even though it had been filed with the USPTO back in February 2016. The patent, entitled “Cover of Device Acting as Antenna of the Device” shows a metallic built handset. As the title of the patent suggests, the metallic cover doubles as the antenna.

Because the handset would apparently swing around a hinge positioned in the center of the device, users would not cause interference or the “detuning” …

How to watch and take pictures of the solar eclipse with your phone camera

On Monday, August 21, folks in North America can observe a very rare astronomical event that will make your dog howl, and the cows stop giving milk. While the so-called “path of totality,” when the moon covers the sun and its corona atmosphere in their entirety, will only be available to people in a stretch from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina, others can still observe a partial eclipse. Needless to say, a lot of you will be reaching for the phone camera in your pocket to try and immortalize the event.
Apple already …

Moto X4 leaked pictures show the phone from all angles

There’s one more Moto smartphone coming later this month, although its availability might be limited at launch. The Moto X4 is expected to be officially introduced on August 24 in Brazil, just one day after Samsung unveils the Galaxy Note 8.

Previous rumors revealed the Moto X4 will be a mid- to high-end Android smartphone with a dual-camera setup. Today, the smartphone passed the Brazilian equivalent of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which means the Moto X4 will likely be announced very soon.

Along with some of the phone’s specs, Lenovo also published a handful of …

Amazon will sell the Essential Phone too, launch date to be announced next week

Essential Products, the company behind Andy Rubin’s new smartphone, has just announced it has gained new strategic investors that poured no less than $300 million into its business. Among the most important partners Essential Products confirmed today, there are names like Foxconn, Amazon’s Alexa Fund, as well as Chinese company Tencent Holdings.

Furthermore, the US-based company confirmed that Best Buy and Amazon would be its primary retailer partners in the country, while Sprint will be the only carrier to offer the Essential Phone.

Best Buy has been known …

Here's Johnny! With a hot phone beside him, BlackBerry CEO Chen is working his magic

In the midst of the first sustained comeback that BlackBerry has enjoyed since partnering up with manufacturers like TCL, company CEO John Chen jetted off to Indonesia to participate in the Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia meetings. Among the topics that Chen discussed during a television interview were possible acquisitions for BlackBerry, something that even the most died-in-the-wool Berry fan couldn’t have imagined being open for discussion so soon after the launch of the BlackBerry KEYone.

In Indonesia, BlackBerry’s manufacturing partner is BB Merah Putih and the latest handset to be …

An Phone 8 and 7s Plus mockups get sized up on video, shiny glass backs and all

An iPhone 7s Plus and iPhone 8 walk into a bar, and the resulting fight is between the legacy Apple design that millions of people are accustomed to and don’t want changed much (for example, having a home Touch ID button), and the future of the company’s handsets. The iPhone 8 will allegedly prime Apple fans for what’s coming down the pipe – edgeless OLED screen handsets with multiple cameras and 3D sensors ready for the AR era – while the 7s and 7s Plus will aim to make the transition smoother. 

That’s not to say that the 7s and 7s Plus won’t get …

T-Mobile announces Revvl, its own super-cheap Android Nougat phone

Putting a definitive end to rumors and speculations, T-Mobile just announced the Revvl – a new affordable smartphone for consumers who “want a boatload of features without spending a boatload.” While the handset is simply called Revvl (not Revvl T1, as previously believed), T-Mobile makes it clear that this is just the first phone of the Revvl series, although it doesn’t say when new models will be unveiled.

As reported earlier today, the T-Mobile Revvl will go on sale tomorrow, August 10, both online and in “participating stores.” The smartphone will be available …